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Perry steps out of clothes, and comfort zone

ELLYSE PERRY is one of our best and most unflappable athletes - but she found herself out of her comfort zone doing her first Jockey underwear shoot. ''I was lucky that Giaan Rooney was there to help me through it a bit; she's done this a few times before,'' Perry told Danny Weidler from Fairfax Media. ''I would definitely say that I am not a natural at this.'' The underwear company has pulled the right model in Perry, who is regarded as one of Australia's most marketable athletes and recently made a US annual ranking of the 50 most marketable athletes in the world. Perry and the rest of the women's cricket team fly to England to play in the Ashes - and hopefully they can perform better than the blokes. ''We spend a fair bit of time with the men's team,'' she said. ''Mitchell Starc comes to quite a few of our games because he is dating Alyssa Healy. And Michael Clarke is very supportive; he will write a letter to us and offer support in other ways.''

Daniel had a Red Devil of a good time

CANBERRA youngster Daniel Findlay had the privilege of leading out the Manchester United team against the A-League All Stars last Saturday before 83,127 people at ANZ Stadium in Sydney. Daniel, a member of Belwest Foxes Soccer Club, won a competition on the English club's website for the chance to lead out the Red Devils. ''I just answered a question for him, his name went in the draw and his name got pulled out,'' Daniel's dad Scott Findlay said. The seven-year-old had the opportunity of a lifetime to meet the players in the dressing room, before leading them out alongside United captain and French international Patrice Evra. Daniel made sure to tell his friends and classmates about the experience. ''But they didn't really care,'' Daniel said. What a surprise. Manchester United is only the biggest sports club in the world. Well done, Daniel!

Former Raider runs riot

DANIEL VIDOT has long boasted a reputation as a quirky individual who, let's just say, thinks outside the square. The Dragon and former Canberra Raider told Fairfax Media this week the Green Machine used a ''pump-up video'' to steel themselves to play the Red V. ''We've always had a video … a pump-up video before the Dragons,'' he said. ''I don't know why, but it's the only team we had a pump-up video for. The last time I was there, that was what happened. They prepare for it and they love it. They think it's like Origin to them.'' We're not sure if the Raiders needed another ''pump-up video'' before Saturday's game at WIN Stadium, but Vidot himself has made a couple that could come in handy. Vidot has made an R'n'B video clip, which can be viewed on YouTube by searching ''azzadaz vidot''. Then there's his workout video ''Gym motivation Fortafy X Daniel Vidot'' which is even stranger. Locker Room has heard unconfirmed reports Chase Stanley couldn't take the ''weirdness'' and moved out of Vidot's house just hours after moving in when he arrived back at the Dragons last year.

Pass the sugar

WHILE the Brumbies are bonding in South Africa, their injured teammates were showing they're just as tightly knit back in Canberra. David Pocock, Pat McCabe, Dan Palmer and Ruaidhri Murphy enjoyed breakfast together at a cafe in Manuka on Saturday morning. Perhaps they needed a coffee fix with self-proclaimed budding barista Matt Toomua over in Pretoria for the do-or-die Super Rugby semi-final overnight. Toomua loves his coffee and allowed Fox Sports Rugby HQ into his home and he whipped up a piccolo for the camera.

Pass the No-Doz

YOU'VE got to feel a little bit sorry for whoever's drawn the short straw to room with Canberra Darters goal-shooter Jasmine Keene this weekend on their road trip to Adelaide. Keene was making no apologies for waking up at 1am to watch her partner Peter Kimlin and the ACT Brumbies in their Super Rugby final against the Pretoria Bulls. By the time this goes to print, hopefully the Brumbies have booked their place in the decider and the Darters are halfway to a successful Australian Netball League double-header, with the second leg against the Southern Force on Sunday at midday.

Solly swaps skirts

WHILE we're talking about netball, the word on the street is that ABC Radio breakfast host Ross Solly has seen the light and switched allegiances for this year's annual celebrity match. Solly will captain the ACT Media team in this Saturday's encounter at the AIS Arena after suiting up in previous years for the side led by ACT Sports Minister Andrew Barr. Barr is keeping his line-up under wraps as he aims to continue his team's run of dominance. The match will be a curtain-raiser to the Darters' game against the Territory Storm as part of the ANL's Canberra-based round.


Stubbs no one-trick pony

RACING enthusiasts probably recognise the lean, mean figure of Thoroughbred Park chief executive Peter Stubbs, but the sport of kings isn't his only claim to fame. Stubbs used to be a fiery ruckman for Belconnen back in the day and was part of the first Magpies team to win the Cock of the North trophy, which goes to the victor between the north Canberra club and arch rivals Ainslie.